Types Of Window Blinds

Living room with many, big windows with blinds and hardwood floor

When it comes time to renovate your interior design, window treatments may not always be the first thing that comes to mind. Yet, depending on the amount of privacy and lighting you’re looking for, your window treatments can have a profound influence on the ultimate look of any given room. With that in mind, there are a few key things to consider when choosing the right window treatments for your home. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular window covering styles and materials available.

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Roman Shades

A tried and true classic. Roman shades completely cover the window when lowered and neatly stack overtop when raised, creating a satisfyingly tidy look. Plus, these window treatments fit beautifully into almost any room of the home. 

Horizontal blinds

These are what comes to mind for most people when they imagine window blinds. Horizontal blinds are easy to operate and come in a variety of materials and colours. The flexible options have led to their popularity in modern homes. 

Vertical blinds

Vertical blinds are similar to horizontal shades, except with vertical slats (hence the name). As a result, the slats are pulled to the side rather than to the top when opened. These are usually ideal for large windows and sliding doors. 

Custom-printed blinds and shades

If you’ve got the budget, why not add a little personality to your window treatments? Not only will custom blinds and shades be fitted perfectly to your space, but you’ll also be able to select your own patterns or styles. 

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades are all about functionality. Essentially, these shades are constructed from rolled fabric, which creates a “honeycomb” appearance. Because of their layers of fabric, cellular shades are perfect for blocking out light and providing extra insulation for your home. So if you’re in the market for energy efficiency, cellular shades are the way to go. Not only do they help protect against frigid Canadian winters, they also keep out UV radiation in the summertime. 

Motorized blinds

Thanks to modern technology, all of the styles on this list can be motorized and controlled at the touch of a button. Some can even be connected to your Smartphone. This means that you can now close your shades from work to keep the house from getting too warm from sunlight while you’re away. Plus, these shades eliminate the need for control cords, which have proven to be a safety hazard for children and pets. 

Semi-sheer window treatments

Let there be light! Semi-sheer window treatments are best used in rooms where maximum light is needed, particularly when privacy is not a big concern. These curtains provide an elegant touch while also offering an illusion of privacy. 

Light filtering window treatments

Light filtering window treatments are another great option when it comes to light and privacy. While still allowing light to penetrate into the room, these shades will obscure the view from the window. They are most often used in common areas like the living room.

Light blocking window treatments

Last but certainly not least, light blocking shades always live up to their name. These kinds of shade effectively block out all light, making them the most private of the options listed above. This is due to the materials used, including its tightly woven fabrics. 


Ultimately, the colour of your window treatments comes down to preference. This is where you can really let your personal style shine through. Whether you’re looking for bright warm colours for an inviting and dynamic atmosphere, or subtle cool colours for a relaxing environment, there are countless options out there. Patterned shades are another great option for adding an extra touch of personality.

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Clearly there are many window treatment options out there, but don’t be overwhelmed! Simply consider the type of lighting, privacy and style you’d like for your home and then contact your local window treatment store to find the perfect fit.


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